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  • 101st Airborne's 'Strike' brigade first Army unit issued M26 shotgun

    Feb 17, 2012

    The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is the first unit in the Army selected to be issued the M26 12-gauge Modular Accessory Shotgun System.

  • SMDC successfully launches short range ballistic target

    Feb 15, 2012

    SMDC successfully completed a test flight of the new Economical Target-1, Feb. 15, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

  • Army Rangers test new software-defined radio

    Feb 14, 2012

    The U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan recently completed an Operational Assessment of the software-programmable Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) Rifleman Radio, highlighting its ability to share combat-relevant information, voice and data across small units in real time.

  • Army highlights best of past, present, future at Chicago Auto Show exhibit

    Feb 14, 2012

    Gen. George S. Patton's 1938 Cadillac staff car is on display at the Chicago Auto Show alongside the U.S. Army Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics vehicle and two hybrid concept vehicles.

  • Army brings prototype scout vehicle to Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 14, 2012

    The U.S. Army's newest concept models are among about 1,000 vehicles on display at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

  • Soldiers prep for onset of second increment of Army network

    Feb 13, 2012

    Soldiers began the 10-week New Equipment Training in January in advance of the WIN-T Increment 2 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, scheduled for May.

  • Army Rangers test new software-defined radio

    Feb 10, 2012

    The U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan recently completed an operational assessment of the software-programmable Joint Tactical Radio Systems Rifleman Radio.

  • Social media misuse punishable under UCMJ

    Feb 9, 2012

    Soldiers who use social media must abide by the terms outlined in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

  • Army's top signal officer tours C4ISR campus, explores acquisitions efficiencies

    Feb 8, 2012

    Members of Team C4ISR showed promise becoming a reality to Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence, the Army's chief information officer/G6, Jan. 30, 2012, during her visit to the C4ISR Center of Excellence.

  • 101st Airborne Soldiers help prepare for fielding of upgraded howitzer

    Feb 7, 2012

    Soldiers from the 101st Airborne recently helped Picatinny employees complete the second of three logistics phases required before the digitized M119A2 howitzer can be fielded to troops.

  • Solar power to energize Detroit Arsenal

    Feb 7, 2012

    The first solar-powered microgrid to provide energy to an Army installation is scheduled to be operational this spring. U.S. Army engineers will install the system at Detroit Arsenal.

  • Ensuring Soldiers remain 'decisive edge'

    Feb 7, 2012

    The deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology said Soldiers provide the decisive edge as she outlined the role of science and technology in solving the problems and meeting the challenges confronting the Army, during a Feb. 6, 2012, visit to the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

  • Army bringing Detroit military muscle, efficiency to Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 3, 2012

    The U.S. Army is sending two concept hybrid vehicles to the Chicago Auto Show to showcase its latest energy-efficiency efforts that can save money, address environmental concerns and save Soldiers' lives.

  • New first aid kit being developed at Natick

    Feb 2, 2012

    The new Individual First Aid Kit being developed at the Natick Soldier Systems Center eventually will be carried by every Soldier in a combat environment.

  • 'Revolution in Prosthetics' reports advancements, future of prosthetics

    Feb 2, 2012

    Civilian researchers and Army physicians gathered to discuss the progress and future of prosthetics for wounded warriors at the "Revolution in Prosthetics" session Jan. 31, 2012 during the Military Health System Conference held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2012, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor, Md.

  • Cloud computing to integrate with current Army system

    Feb 1, 2012

    The Army hosted an Industry Day on Jan. 10-12, 2012, to inform potential technology development partners of new capabilities that support Army cloud computing development efforts and hear how potential partners could contribute to those efforts.

  • Jacksonville District's UAV program soars

    Feb 1, 2012

    The NOVA Unmanned Aerial Vehicle offers the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a low-cost method of obtaining pictures from the air for levee monitoring, wildlife surveys, regulatory permit reconnaissance, invasive species contract assessments and invasive species acreage estimation.

  • Resiliency app available on Androids

    Feb 1, 2012

    The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Resiliency Goals Book, previously released as an app for iPhones and iPads, is now available for Android users.

  • Network modernization business practices allow Army to trim costs

    Feb 1, 2012

    Facing an environment of emerging fiscal constraints, the Army is using its Network Integration Evaluation efforts, part of the Agile Acquisition Process, to force a shift from Research, Developmental, Technical and Engineering efforts to the procurement of mature network capability that will be fielded starting in 2013.

  • Army teams with Coast Guard on aircraft towing system

    Feb 1, 2012

    The U.S. Army teamed with the U.S. Coast Guard on the Standard Aircraft Towing System Joint Venture during a Roll-Off Ceremony at the NMC-Wollard facility in Eau Claire, Wis., Feb. 1, 2012.

  • Tripler head, neck docs use robot to increase patients' quality of life

    Jan 31, 2012

    In May of 2011, the da Vinci Surgical System was embraced by two otolaryngologists at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. The robot, which was first purchased in 2009, has been used to support a variety of surgical specialties.

  • Wool possible high-performance fiber for combat clothing

    Jan 30, 2012

    The Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is evaluating wool fabrics for use in combat clothing.

  • Fueling shelters at half the cost

    Jan 26, 2012

    Imagine cutting your home fuel consumption costs in half. That would be tough enough in a conventional house. Now think about trying it in a tent.

  • Natick uses efficient airdrop testing

    Jan 26, 2012

    Drop zone testing options for the Airdrop Technology Team at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center have been used to ensure Science and Technology research projects stay on schedule and within budget.

  • Army drives ahead with Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program

    Jan 26, 2012

    A Request for Proposal was issued by the U.S. Army for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.

  • Human elements technology closer to reality

    Jan 26, 2012

    About 60 people from Department of Defense organizations, national organizations and academia met last month to discuss current human elements research and breakthroughs to determine areas of shared interest in the organizations.

  • Facebook: Please use responsibly

    Jan 24, 2012

    While social media like Facebook allow Soldiers to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, strangers and enemies of the U.S. might also be keeping tabs on Soldiers as well.

  • 'Carl Gustaf' weapon extends Soldiers' lethal reach

    Jan 24, 2012

    With the need for Soldiers in Afghanistan to engage the enemy at longer distances, Picatinny Arsenal has completed an initial training and fielding of a weapon for traditional Army units previously used only by special operations commands.

  • Deployed Soldiers connect with Army scientists for technical solutions

    Jan 24, 2012

    American Soldiers deployed across Afghanistan are asking questions and making suggestions about their equipment, weapons and vehicles to U.S. Army scientists at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Money-saving energy initiatives get spotlight in Afghanistan

    Jan 17, 2012

    Cutting-edge technology and energy initiatives for Operation Enduring Freedom bring energy-efficient and reliable power generation to forward-deployed units.

  • Army acquisition executive emphasizes affordability

    Jan 17, 2012

    From firing a new enhanced performance round to actively seeking input from mid-career managers, Heidi Shyu's whirlwind visit Dec. 20, 2011, to Picatinny Arsenal included a town hall in which she underscored the need to streamline acquisition.

  • Paratroopers learn latest battlefield skills at Fort Polk

    Jan 17, 2012

    Fort Bragg paratroopers bound for Afghanistan picked up the latest skills and equipment from those most recently returned at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.

  • Aging Kiowa, vertical unmanned aerial systems among aviation challenges

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army expects to test a new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance air vehicle in Afghanistan this summer.

  • Army one step closer to replacement of ACU pattern

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army is now one step closer to selecting a new set of camouflage patterns that could replace what Soldiers are wearing now in most places.

  • Migration to joint enterprise email pauses

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army has suspended its migration to Joint Enterprise Email to comply with provisions in the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law Dec. 31.

  • Army hosts network modernization Industry Day

    Jan 12, 2012

    Army officials hosted more than 275 industry representatives at new integration facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., this week, stressing the service's commitment to its new "agile" approach to modernizing the tactical communications network.

  • Army helps bring virtual health care to Albanian hospitals

    Jan 11, 2012

    Telemedicine is connecting even the most remote regions of Albania to the global medical community, with the help of U.S. Army Europe, the Corps of Engineers and USAID.

  • Prior-service contractors help save Soldier's life

    Jan 9, 2012

    Two prior-service contractors in Afghanistan helped save the life of a Soldier struck by a sniper.

  • Vision center of excellence promotes eye-injury research, care

    Jan 9, 2012

    Next month will mark a major milestone in advancing care for wounded warriors suffering debilitating eye injuries with a ribbon-cutting at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

  • Army Research Laboratory scientist's past inspires STEM workshop for women

    Jan 9, 2012

    Melanie Will-Cole served as an example for would-be scientists during the Young Women in Science and Engineering College and Career Workshop at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • 1st ID Combat Aviation Brigade to welcome new unit, new capability

    Jan 9, 2012

    The Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is planning on adding a new combat strength to their capabilities in March with the addition of an unmanned aerial system company.

  • Army acquires recoilless, shoulder-fired weapon

    Jan 6, 2012

    The U.S. Army Soldiers in Afghanistan are now firing an 84mm, reusable, recoilless shoulder-fired conventional munition able to destroy enemy targets hidden behind rocks, trees and buildings, service officials said.

  • Army network integration facilities simulate battlefield environment

    Jan 6, 2012

    Armed with the ability to recreate a battlefield network environment in its multiple integrated testing facilities here, the Army is providing advanced technologies to the field faster and with greater efficiency.

  • Army unveils latest STEM recruiting tool

    Jan 6, 2012

    The Army launched its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Asset Vehicle with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Army Strong Zone as a prelude to Army All-American Bowl in the Alamodome Jan. 7, 2012.

  • Natick plays major role in face transplants

    Jan 5, 2012

    Three full facial transplants have been accomplished with funding from an Army contract and officials at the Natick Soldier Systems Center hope the technology can be used on wounded warriors.

  • Army organization supports DOD flight tests, modifications

    Jan 5, 2012

    The CERDEC Flight Activity is at the heart of testing systems that go into aircraft such as various infrared counter measures, signals intelligence sensor systems and radar systems as well as handling post-production modifications like fast rope systems, adapted seats and paint jobs.

  • Personnel scanners provide added level of security in Afghanistan

    Jan 2, 2012

    A personnel scanner was put into operation at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 31, 2011, to scan Afghan civilians requiring access to a coalition run hospital.

  • Developing capabilities for a 21st-century Army

    Jan 1, 2012

    For three weeks in November approximately 3,800 Soldiers and 1,000 vehicles of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, traveled into the New Mexico wilderness, to test and evaluate dozens of computerized, digital systems that could give the Army a future tactical edge, during an exercise called the Network Integration Evaluation 12.1.

  • Remote-controlled lifesavers

    Jan 1, 2012

    When Ernest Fessenden sent his brother Staff Sgt. Chris Fessenden a remote-controlled truck in Afghanistan, he hoped that the truck would help keep his brother safe. It did that and more.

  • Pilots train on new AH-64D Apache helicopter

    Dec 30, 2011

    The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is the first unit in the Army to have their entire fleet of Apache helicopters replaced with the comprehensively upgraded Apache (AH-64D) Block III beginning in February.

  • European garrisons protecting Army communities with virtual training

    Dec 29, 2011

    The United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany, teamed-up with the Joint Multinational Training Command's Simulation Center to host the garrison's annual force protection exercise.

  • Afghan National Police students experience biometrics system

    Dec 28, 2011

    New students entering the Afghan National Police Noncommissioned Officer Course at Bamyan Regional Training Center, Afghanistan, experienced the biometrics record system firsthand, Dec. 12-13, 2011.

  • Big cost savings comes in tiny package

    Dec 27, 2011

    A small fingerprinting device allows recruiters to quickly gather background information on applicants while saving the Army money.

  • 'Black Knights' produce mission critical systems

    Dec 27, 2011

    The Search and Recovery section of Company B, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, mass produces Culvert Intrusion Denial Systems, a defense against improvised explosive devices, at Forward Operating Base Walton, Afghanistan.

  • Army to deploy vertical take-off UAS

    Dec 22, 2011

    The U.S. Army is using a hybrid-type acquisition approach to develop a helicopter-like, Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing Unmanned Aerial System with a so-called ARGUS wide-area surveillance sensor suite designed to beam back information and images of the surrounding terrain, service officials said.

  • C4ISR hosts briefing for industry, small business conference

    Dec 21, 2011

    Army leaders at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., hosted an advance planning briefing for industry and small business conference to inform industry and business leaders of new opportunities to demonstrate their technologies for potential military use.

  • Army aiming for vehicle-based Common Operating Environment

    Dec 19, 2011

    On the dynamic and complex battlefield, the Common Operating Environment will streamline communications between Soldiers in vehicles and higher headquarters, creating seamless interoperability between the computers, sensors and applications they use.

  • New system delivers water, fuel to Soldiers

    Dec 19, 2011

    The CUBE system promises a more reliable, cost-effective way to sling load vital liquids to the field.

  • Army finalizes STEM vehicle for recruiting trail

    Dec 19, 2011

    The Army will unveil the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Asset Vehicle during All-American Bowl Week in San Antonio, Jan. 6, 2012.

  • Net Zero Waste workgroups hold kick-off focus session

    Dec 19, 2011

    Work continues to move forward on the Net Zero Waste program at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Bagram's digital detectives dig in

    Dec 19, 2011

    There is another war in Afghanistan. A war that has no armor or aircraft yet expands well beyond the boundaries of every nation known to man, the vast landscape of the digital realm.

  • CIO aims to consolidate, close 185 data centers by FY14

    Dec 16, 2011

    Before more than 500 information technology business representatives, the Army's chief information officer said Wednesday the service plans to consolidate data centers and close at least 185 by fiscal year 2014.

  • 1000 laser detecting sets ensure aircrew safety

    Dec 14, 2011

    In a Connecticut industrial plant, far away from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army accepted the delivery of the 1,000 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Set, Dec. 7, 2011, which happened to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • Army sees technology as future training component

    Dec 13, 2011

    As the Army moves into the future, it will continue to concentrate on both humanitarian assistance and building international partnerships, Unified Quest participants said. But the service will also, in an era of downsizing and constrained resources, still need to be trained and ready for conflict or war.

  • Pentagon developing next-generation helicopter equipment

    Dec 13, 2011

    The Army-led effort to design a next-generation vertical-lift aircraft that is faster, more capable and better equipped is heavily focused on leveraging advanced electronic and avionics capabilities, service officials explained.

  • Army Cyber hosts Brazilian delegation

    Dec 12, 2011

    Members of the U.S. Army Cyber Command and Office of the Secretary of Defense hosted officials from Ministry of Defence of Brazil Dec. 5-7, 2011, in Virginia, symbolizing the second official visit from a foreign country since the command stood up over a year ago.

  • Mine rollers designed to blow up, save lives

    Dec 12, 2011

    Albert Bacon helps coalition forces in Afghanistan install mine rollers on the front of tactical vehicles. He has traveled across the country providing support to Soldiers and assisting with mine rollers installations.

  • Army activates first-of-its-kind Cyber Brigade

    Dec 9, 2011

    The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command activated the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade to support U.S. and Army Cyber Commands with their missions to provide a proactive cyber defense, Dec. 1, 2011, at Fort Meade, Md.

  • Pentagon, Army developing future, next-generation helicopter fleet

    Dec 9, 2011

  • Soldier feedback shaping next-generation blue force tracking, handhelds

    Dec 9, 2011

    The Army's next-generation friendly force tracking system that aims to transform communications for dismounted Soldiers is capitalizing on user feedback as it steps closer to deployment.

  • Army developing next-generation helicopter

    Dec 9, 2011

    The Pentagon and the U.S. Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology effort designed to engineer, build and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes and payload capacity, service officials said.

  • Tobyhanna cuts costs for TRC-190 radio mission

    Dec 7, 2011

    Employee dedication to process improvement has cut costs for Tobyhanna Depot's AN/TRC-190 radio support mission, which saw its 1,000th system inducted for the repair program called Reset.

  • Engineering unique tastes at West Point

    Dec 6, 2011

    West Point chemical engineering cadets and members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Club work in the "West Point Chocolate Factory," exploring the science behind making the most amazing chocolate.

  • M119A2 Howitzer upgrade provides quicker firepower

    Dec 6, 2011

    Soldiers are one step closer to receiving a digitized M119A2 howitzer that will make it possible for them to start firing rounds and evade return fire quicker.

  • Army streamlining network management through NIEs

    Dec 6, 2011

    As it makes major upgrades to its tactical communications network, the Army is also revamping the way Soldiers can monitor and manage network performance in real time.

  • Army evaluates company command posts at NIE 12.1

    Dec 2, 2011

    Soldiers recently finished evaluation of three variants of the "Company Command Post Node" as part of Network Integration Evaluation 12.1.

  • MQ-9 'Reaper' finds training home at Fort Drum

    Dec 1, 2011

    The MQ-9 "Reaper" unmanned aerial system can be seen in the airspace above Fort Drum, N.Y., now that Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield has been established as a home base for training missions.

  • Picatinny provides Soldiers with quicker, safer mortar fire control system

    Dec 1, 2011

    The M150/M151 Mortar Fire Control System - Dismounted provides mortarmen with increased speed and effectiveness previously only available to the mounted mortar systems using fire control. It makes dismounted 120mm mortars easier to fire and keeps Soldiers safer.

  • Students challenge, question Watervliet Arsenal techniques, procedures

    Nov 30, 2011

    Students from Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Education Services visited Watervliet Arsenal this month to learn how the Army uses science and technology to help war fighters survive and win on the modern battlefield.

  • Corpus Christi Army Depot fulfills urgent Army need

    Nov 28, 2011

    Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas turned around ten UH-60 Black Hawk gearboxes in a record ten days to fulfill urgent Army need.

  • Depot completes its 48th Black Hawk

    Nov 28, 2011

    Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas, achieved an unprecedented milestone, completing a record 48th UH-60 Black Hawk recapitalization. The recap program is the Army's effort to reduce costs of replacing aging helicopters with new ones.

  • New satellite terminal training, fielding facility 'smart' move for Army

    Nov 28, 2011

    As the Army looks for innovative solutions to slim its financial waistline, a new facility for the advanced version of its protected satellite terminal has consolidated centralized production, training and fielding in one location in an effort to save millions of dollars.

  • Rifleman Radio completes key operational test at NIE

    Nov 28, 2011

    An advanced lightweight radio that will connect troops on the front lines to the Army's tactical communications network has completed its operational test.

  • Army successfully launches Advanced Hypersonic Weapon demonstrator

    Nov 23, 2011

    The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command successfully launched an Advanced Hypersonic Weapon demonstrator Nov. 17, 2011.

  • NASA Goldstone tracked asteroid approach

    Nov 23, 2011

    NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Network facility is playing a key role in tracking an asteroid that approached Earth last week.

  • Space researchers test equipment at Fort Irwin

    Nov 23, 2011

    Fort Irwin Soldiers got a chance to help test equipment last week that they may never have imagined they'd see when they joined the Army.

  • Anniston Army Depot resets 1,000th Stryker

    Nov 22, 2011

    Over a two-year span, Anniston Army Depot, Ala., and General Dynamics Land Systems have reset 1,000 Strykers.

  • HELLFIRE team sustaining fight, cutting costs

    Nov 21, 2011

    HELLFIRE missiles are the primary precision air-to-ground weapon used by joint and coalition services. Having a Forward Test and Repair Facility for them is saving the Army money.

  • Fort Meade launches web app for smart phones

    Nov 21, 2011

    The popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices has changed the way we communicate, and the Fort Meade, Md., Public Affairs Office is taking advantage of those changes.

  • Tripler Medical Simulation Center achieves SSH accreditation

    Nov 21, 2011

    The Tripler Army Medical Center Medical Simulation Center in Hawaii recently achieved the Society for Simulation in Healthcare accreditation.

  • Signal School trains using QR codes, latest technology

    Nov 20, 2011

    The signal school at Fort Gordon, Ga., is developing mobile training content which uses technology referred to as "Link Code" to train Soldiers.

  • PEO Ammunition team wins DOD's highest award

    Nov 18, 2011

    A Program Executive Office for Ammunition team at Picatinny Arsenal recently garnered a prestigious award for its acquisition efforts while providing Soldiers with a more reliable and better performing round.

  • Army concludes second Network Integration Evaluation

    Nov 18, 2011

    The Army has concluded its second Network Integration Evaluation, moving closer to deploying an integrated battlefield network after collecting valuable Soldier feedback on the latest tactical communications technologies.

  • Army tests Advanced Hypersonic Weapon over Pacific

    Nov 18, 2011

    The Army conducted its first test Thursday of a new weapon designed to fly several times the speed of sound.

  • Army tests new water, fuel bladders for airdrop

    Nov 17, 2011

    Army paratroopers completed two test drops Nov. 10, 2011, to certify a new water and fuel container system for airdrops in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

  • Vice chief visits Network Integration Evaluation

    Nov 17, 2011

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli met with Soldiers and key leaders of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Nov. 15, 2011, to get an update on the Network Integration Evaluation and first-hand feedback on some of the Army's newest communication technology.

  • Army seeks clean energy with new power station

    Nov 16, 2011

    Army, government and private industry leaders came together last week to celebrate the startup of a system at Fort Benning's landfill designed to capture methane and convert it to electricity.

  • Military researchers discuss finding more bang for buck

    Nov 15, 2011

    Military officials mingled with thousands of industry representatives Nov. 7-10, 2011, for MILCOM 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The annual event is touted by its organizers as the "premier international conference for military communications."

  • Commanding troops 'on the move' during NIE

    Nov 15, 2011

    The Army is evaluating the mission command-on-the-move capabilities that allow Soldiers to communicate vertically and laterally through voice and data in a tactical operational environment.

  • Soldiers test network, shape future of Army

    Nov 15, 2011

    The Army has committed 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, to evaluate new technologies and network capabilities that are shaping the Army's evolving tactical network.